This year’s annual Dragon Clay Club charity shoot was held on Sunday 17 August at their picturesque ground in Colgate, West Sussex. Once again, the club’s two nominated charities, the Brittle Bone Society and Phoenix Stroke Club, were the beneficiaries. A record amount of £3,000 was raised and shared equally between them. The weather remained dry but overcast throughout the event. The 164 shooters tackled the 100-bird Sporting course, which was set by the club secretary, Reg Smallwood. A record attendance was set as the ground was filled.
The targets proved to be fair with plenty of people in with a chance and only the odd stand catching them out. At the beginning of the day, Richard King shot an early 91, following it with a second scorecard of 95 – only to be beaten by a brilliant 96 from Ross Straker. Many people came close but 94s from both Simon Fenner and Guy Franklin secured third place. Natasha Brockwell won the Ladies High Gun on 83. The cartridge class was equally close with Paul Hibbert shooting 91, followed by Martin Goldie on 90. Richard Weller’s score of 88 and Richard Budd’s 86 secured third and fourth place, respectively.
A good number of the record crowd stayed for the prize giving and cheques were presented to the Brittle Bone Society representative Philippa Siegler and John McPherson on behalf of the Phoenix Stroke Club.